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On the New

by Boris Groys

On the New looks at the economies of exchange and valuation that drive modern culture's key sites: the intellectual marketplace and the archive. As ideas move from one context to another, newness is created....


Foundations of the Everyday: Shock, Deferral, Repetition

by Eran Dorfman

A highly original and interdisciplinary study of the philosophy of the everyday.


Intensities and Lines of Flight: Deleuze/Guattari and the Arts

by Steve G. Lofts, Antonio Calcagno & Jim Vernon

A rich collection of critical essays, authored by philosophers and practicing artists, examining Deleuze and Guattari's engagement with a broad range of art forms.


The Element of Fire (Routledge Revivals): Science, Art and the Human World

by Anthony O'Hear

First published in 1988, the aim of this book can be stated in Nietzsche's words: 'To look at science from the perspective of the artist, but at art from that of life'. The title contests the notions that science...


Historical Dictionary of Aesthetics

by Dabney Townsend

Aesthetics is not a 'factual' discipline; there are no aesthetic facts. The word itself is derived from the Greek word for 'feeling' and the discipline arises because of the need to find a place for the passions...


The Poetics of Phantasia: Imagination in Ancient Aesthetics

by Anne Sheppard

With a thorough examination of ancient views of literary and artistic realism, allegory and symbolism, The Poetics of Phantasia brings together a study of the ways in which the concept of imagination (phantasia...


The Metaphysics of Night: Recovering Soul, Renewing Humanism

by Matthew Del Nevo

The Metaphysics of Night acknowledges a post-secular philosophy, one that puts philosophy into serious dialogue with religion, rather than considering religion a thing of the past. Matthew Del Nevo deals with...


10/40/70: Constraint as Liberation in the Era of Digital Film Theory

by Nicholas Rombes

A bold experiment in film theory for the digital era.


On Being in the World (Routledge Revivals): Wittgenstein and Heidegger on Seeing Aspects

by Stephen Mulhall

On Being in the World, first published in 1990, illumines a neglected but important area of Wittgenstein's philosophy, revealing its pertinence to the central concerns of contemporary analytic philosophy.

The...


Cosmological Aesthetics through the Kantian Sublime and Nietzschean Dionysian

by Erman Kaplama

Comparing the Kantian sublime and Nietzschean Dionysian, Erman Kaplama introduces two new principles to philosophy of art: transition and motion. Drawing on the Heraclitean logos and phusis, he explores the...


Aesthetic Sexuality: A Literary History of Sadomasochism

by Romana Byrne

To understand why the concept of aesthetic sexuality is important, we must consider the influence of the first volume of Foucault's seminal The History of Sexuality. Arguing against Foucault's assertions that...


Thinking in Film: The Politics of Video Art Installation According to Eija-Liisa Ahtila

by Mieke Bal

What is a moving image, and how does it move us? In Thinking In Film, celebrated theorist Mieke Bal engages in an exploration - part dialogue, part voyage - with the video installations of Finnish artist Eija-Liisa...


Endless Andness: The Politics of Abstraction According to Ann Veronica Janssens

by Mieke Bal

In Endless Andness, Mieke Bal pioneers a new understanding of the political potential of abstract art which does not passively yield its meaning to the viewer but creates it anew - an art perceived not only...


Deaths in Venice: The Cases of Gustav von Aschenbach

by Philip Kitcher

Published in 1913, Thomas Mann’s Death in Venice is one of the most widely read novellas in any language. In the 1970s, Benjamin Britten adapted it into an opera, and Lucchino Visconti turned it into a successful...


The Curatorial: A Philosophy of Curating

by Jean-Paul Martinon

Stop curating! And think what curating is all about. This book starts from this simple premise: thinking the activity of curating. To do that, it distinguishes between 'curating' and 'the curatorial'. If 'curating'...


Crowds and Democracy: The Idea and Image of the Masses from Revolution to Fascism

by Stefan Jonsson

Between 1918 and 1933, the masses became a decisive preoccupation of European culture, fueling modernist movements in art, literature, architecture, theater, and cinema, as well as the rise of communism, fascism,...


Key Terms in Philosophy of Art

by Tiger C. Roholt

Key Terms in Philosophy of Art offers a clear, concise and accessible introduction to a vital sub-field of philosophy. The book offers a comprehensive overview of the key terms, concepts, thinkers and major...


Art and Ethics in a Material World: Kant S Pragmatist Legacy

by Jennifer A McMahon

In this book, McMahon argues that a reading of Kant's body of work in the light of a pragmatist theory of meaning and language (which arguably is a Kantian legacy) leads one to put community reception ahead...


Night Passages: Philosophy, Literature and Film

by Elisabeth Bronfen & David Brenner

In the beginning was the night. All light, shapes, language, and subjective consciousness, as well as the world and art depicting them, emerged from this formless chaos. In fantasy, we seek to return to this...


Public Art: Thinking Museums Differently

by Hilde Hein

By considering the museum itself as art, rather than as a receptacle, Hein's Public Art: Thinking Museums Differently argues for an improved understanding of the role museums play in shaping public discourse....